Parental and caring leave and pay

The university has a number of resources for prospective and current parents, and those with caring responsibilities. You will find links to many of these below.

The University is committed to providing equality of opportunity and developing work practices and policies that support work-life balance.  The Flexible Working policy has been developed to support flexible working arrangements to help employees achieve, if possible, more balance between their working and non-working lives.

Parental Leave gives parents the right to unpaid time off work to look after a child or make arrangements for the child’s welfare. It is available to any member of staff who has parental responsibilities for a child. In order to qualify for parental leave you must have one years’ continuous service with the University.

The Maternity Leave Policy outlines the benefits offered by the university for prospective mothers. It should also be noted that the government implemented in 2011 an Additional Paternity Leave scheme. Under this scheme, a father may claim between 2 and 26 weeks of leave, depending on how much unused maternity leave the mother has. The statutory weekly rate of Ordinary Paternity Pay and Additional Paternity Pay is £138.18, or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower). You can find out more about eligibility and how to claim here.

The university participants in ComputerShare Childcare Vouchers scheme, in which you can choose to purchase childcare vouchers from your salary. These vouchers may then be exchanged, in part or in whole, for the childcare services that you use.

The University has curated a list of available childcare here.

The university is currently piloting a “Caring Fund” Scheme. This scheme is meant to help those with caring responsbilities to meet the costs of care, in order to attend conferences or training. For example, the fund could be used in order to pay for respite care, childminder costs, travel costs of dependants, accommodation costs of dependants, etc. The maximum allowance is £500. You can apply using the application form found here: Caring Fund June 2014.

You can find out more about the University’s Family Friendy resources here.